Web Archives: A New Class of Primary Source for Historians?
Peter Webster (British Library) and Richard Deswarte (University of East Anglia)
This will be a joint session with the Archives and Society Seminar
11 June 2013, 5.15pm GMT
Bedford Room G37, Senate house, Ground floor (see below for details of the live stream)
Abstract: When viewed in historical context, the speed at which the world wide web has become fundamental to the exchange of information is perhaps unprecedented. The Internet Archive began its work in archiving the web in 1996, and since then national libraries and other memory institutions have followed suit in archiving the web along national or thematic lines. However, whilst scholars of the web as a system have been quick to embrace archived web materials as the stuff of their scholarship, historians have been slower in thinking through the nature and possible uses of a new class of primary source.
Dr Peter Webster is web archiving and engagement and liaison manager for the British Library, and an historian of contemporary Britain.
Dr Richard Deswarte is Research Associate in the School of History at UEA. He will speak about his AADDA project which examines how the Web Domain Dataset can be used to explore the rise of British Euroscepticism. He will highlight some of the digital approaches and wider research goals from his initial exploratory work using the archive.
To join us on the live stream click on the podcast page of History SPOT and open up the pop out boxes on 11 June.
The Digital History Seminar is co-sponsored by IHR Digital